A respected expert in the oil and gas industry, company founder, and CEO of BEAR, Glen Stevick has gained national recognition for his consulting and technical research on the BP Horizon Oil Spill. With more than 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering, Dr. Stevick is a dynamic communicator who is able to bring complex scientific concepts clearly and concisely to nonprofessionals and to trial, making him a highly valued expert witness. His specialties include: design, construction, and failure analysis of oil field and refinery equipment, power plants, solar and hydronic energy systems, numerical analysis and system modeling, analysis of manufacturing processes, heat and mass transfer of power/energy systems and redundancy, and energy dissipation of structural systems.
Dr. Stevick received his B.S. from Michigan Technological University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, where he was a UC Regents Fellowship Award recipient. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International and a Registered Mechanical Engineer in California, Texas, Nevada, Louisiana and Utah.
In 1993, David Rondinone joined Berkeley Engineering and Research, where he provides consulting in design and failure analysis, finite element analysis, accident reconstruction and crashworthiness, and mechanical testing. In 2004, he co-founded 4D-Imaging, where he manages the development of three-dimensional scanning devices. He currently provides 3D-scanning and corrosion inspection services internationally for coke drums and refinery piping systems.
Dr. Rondinone's research has included detailed studies of flange stress response, creep behavior of longitudinally welded pipes at high temperature, design of structural supports for a cryogenic superconducting MRI machine, design review of medical implants, dynamic analysis of multistory manufacturing facilities, and frequency analysis of silicon wafer fabrication components. He has co-authored four publications and was a contributing author for API 579, Recommended Practice for Fitness-For-Service. Dr. Rondinone has a Masters and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he previously received his B.S. in Engineering Physics and B.A. in Astrophysics.
Company co-founder, Dr. Philip E. Alei is a UC Berkeley educated Ph.D. Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in designing, building, and testing prototypes. He is Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) and has taught Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced SolidWorks topics at the college level.
Along with his design expertise, Dr. Alei owns a full machine shop and five 3D printers. One of these printers, a Markforged Mark Two, prints with chopped carbon fiber reinforced nylon. It also has the capability to incorporate continuous fiber reinforcement with fiberglass, Carbon, or Kevlar yielding parts with tremendous strength and stiffness. These lightweight parts are equivalent to or better than quality purchased components, but custom parts can be designed and produced in a matter of days. This combination of skill, experience, and fabrication capability puts BEAR in a unique position to provide ultra-fast design iterations on a large variety of projects.
Dr. Joe Zicherman studied fire science after a stint in polymers work an ICI subsidiary at UC Berkeley as a graduate student in the 1970's. At that time, the UC Fire Research Group was conducting groundbreaking work on fire dynamics and materials fire research funded by the National Science Foundation and the Center for Fire Research.
After graduation, Joe founded IFT Inc. in Berkeley, which evolved into Fire Cause Analysis. He developed that company to its current status as a fire investigation leader through a series of structured efforts to enhance the limited scientific bases available for 1980's investigation technology into that which is now codified in NFPA 921. As part of that work, Joe wrote and contributed sections on modeling and applying fire science to fire investigation in editions of the NFPA 921 Handbook that accompanied later revisions of the document. That work has been part of a general practice working with fire safety projects including determining heat release profiles of complete rail vehicles, looking at fire risk issues affecting decision making and applying fire science principals to fire losses and property assessment.